Cape Town - Sergio Marchionne says Ferrari's relationship with Sauber is
"totally different" to that with Haas, which is just technical
Although both teams are Ferrari customers, and will run
their 2018 power unit next season, Ferrari's relationship with Sauber goes
deeper given their new link up with Alfa Romeo.
Last week Sauber announced Alfa Romeo, part of the Fiat
Chrysler Automobiles group, as their new title sponsor while also signing
Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc as Marcus Ericsson's new team-mate.
"It's a totally different arrangement," Ferrari
president Marchionne said of the Scuderia's relationship with its two engine
"Haas has been given access to Ferrari resources and to
our powertrain, so there Ferrari is acting as technical support.
"The team is still very much Haas, it has no
association with any car brand, and Gene [Haas] has decided to run his own
"This one [Sauber/Alfa Romeo] is a completely different
arrangement, starting with identification of Alfa as being title sponsor for
"[The] team already exists – it may not be fully
staffed – but it already exists.
"The arrangement itself is completely different."
He added: "Is it possible for the Haas arrangement to
turn into something other than what we have today? The answer is potentially
"But we're very far away from a resolution on that
matter, but it's possible. We'll see, time will tell."